|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Bold teen babes flash full body flesh for the porn print pic 2003,08,27
Shukan Gendai 9/6 By Ryann Connell
"When we go to the beach, we always try to find a game arcade nearby so we can take some print club photos, right. And if it's just a bunch of us girls, we start off with normal poses, but then get more into it the more photos we take until it's like a case of, 'Well, we've come this far, we may as well take a couple of nude shots, too.' And we get all our gear off," a teen-age girl squeals.
Shukan Gendai (9/6) notes that the print club,or purikura, photo machines that have captivated Japan's teenyboppers since the mid-'90s have evolved into places where young girls are increasingly stripping off to take raunchy shots they call eropuri, or erotic purikura.
"Eropuri are photos taken in machines that allow for full body shots and involve the subject exposing some or all of their body for a photo. They've had their big break this summer among girls from 15 to 20. What's really noticeable about the trend is that it was started by a few girls and spread almost entirely by word of mouth.There's been no influence from the media or celebrities," says Chisako Wada, Managing Editor of PopTeen, a bible for Japan's teen-age girls and the first publication to pick up on the eropuri enigma.
"Our feature on eropuri taught us that girls' reactions varied, ranging from shame and disgust to awe, but one thing that was undeniable was how the trend was spreading through the ranks in a way that only girls of that age are capable of carrying out."
Purikura first appeared in Japan in 1995.
By the end of the decade, machines that had started out by producing a sheet of stickers featuring simple photos now allowed for complex editing, letting users include their own mosaics, special effects and even graffiti messages.
But, as the purikura machines evolved, so did the tastes of the girls using them.
Taking a simple shot became mundane, so putting on funny faces became the norm.
It didn't take long before the finicky femmes were fed up with that. Rather than spelling the demise of the purikura, though, the girls showed a surprisingly loyalty to the photo machines and became brasher.
As purikura capable of taking full body shots appeared, the time was ripe for young girls to reveal their ripeness, which came in the form of eropuri.
Also aiding in the eropuri push were an increasing number of purikura centers that only allowed guys inside if they were accompanied by a girl.
More places started offering changing rooms and costume hire so the girls could play dress-ups and take their photos on a purikura.
With no guys on the premises, removing clothes to take nude photos had become just another way to give purikura an added thrill.
"Today's teen-age girls are pretty light-hearted. They show their eropuri amongst each other and have absolutely no qualms about showing off their naked bodies. Showing eropuri is one way girls use to prove they're a friend," PopTeen's Wada tells Shukan Gendai.
Several other factors have also contributed to the rise of eropuri. Ira Ishida, a Naoki Prize-winning author,elaborates.
"Girls use eropuri to create an image for themselves that encapsulates their dreams as being media personalities," Ishida tells Shukan Gendai.
"Just as many girls imagine they're a rock idol every time they pick up the microphone to sing karaoke, they probably imagine they're some sort of glamorous photo model when they show off their bodies in a purikura."
August 27, 2003